Colored LEDs tested for forum

Today several members of the architectural firm, signage, and Annenberg staff evaluated various LED options for the forum’s walkway in an effort to bring additional color to the space.
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Media center’s halo populated with TVs

The media center’s “halo” is having the TVs installed. The halo sits over the assignment desk and includes two rows of TVs that provide 360 degree views for those working in the media center on both the first and second floors. The process of lifting, centering, and then securing the TVs took several people, ladders, and a manlift.
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Soundproofing material installed in broadcast areas

Workers are installing the final broadcast area’s sound proofing material (the radio studio is pictured below). This material will help dampen sound and provide acoustical reinforcement. The second phase of this is a more eye-appealing gray that will go over the black material.
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Shrubbery planted along Child’s Way

Last week trees were planted along Child’s Way. Today other plants were set in place.
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Construction paused for Commencement

Today and tomorrow construction is on pause as campus is buzzing with commencement activities. To show off the new building, most of the exterior fences were removed yesterday.
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Mounting interior signage

For the last month, signage consultants have been mounting paper templates with room numbers. Starting today, some of the final signage is being installed. These signs include Braille and have a background pattern that is part of the overall building identity program.
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More trees planted around the exterior of the building

Planter areas around the exterior of the building are starting to be populated. The first plants to be delivered are trees. These trees have been and loaded into place and now are awaiting planting along Watt and Childs Way.
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Classrooms nearing completion

Classrooms throughout the building are nearing completion as major interior construction winds down. With the recent installation of carpet, some of the rooms are only waiting for the delivery of furniture and the completion of audio visual equipment. Colored flags mark the locations of wireless network nodes that will sit above the ceiling panels.
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Wood ceiling paneling in the auditorium complete

The auditorium progress took a very visible leap forward as crews removed the scaffolding used to help installers more easily access the ceiling area to install the wood paneling. Now smaller rigs can be used to reach specific areas.IMG_5286 - Version 2

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Cleaning and sealing concrete floors

Although most of the classroom areas are carpeted, most of the hallways and other open areas are finished concrete. This treatment involves several steps and leaves the concrete smooth and polished. The first step of this process is to use a special industrial grinder to remove about an eighth of an inch of material in small rows. This helps even out the slightly taller spots and makes sanding much more efficient. Then a massive sander is used to grind the floor smooth. During both of these steps, a high-velocity vacuum is used to remove the fine dust that is generated and keeps the area clean. Once sanded, the floor is cleaned again using brooms and mops. Then the final sealant is applied. Once this process is complete, the floor is smooth, level, and shiny.IMG_5244 - Version 2 IMG_5351 - Version 2IMG_5266 - Version 2IMG_5260 - Version 2

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